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Who Is Poor?

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By Foreign Eyes

People often say you’re  Australian you must be rich!  But as my foreign eyes look around at the adults visiting friends to play cards, marjong or just to chat and gossip.  I think how different it is to Australia.  We don’t know our neighbors, we only visit if invited. My son-in law once told  me “don’t just call in  if you want to visit,  first ring and make sure it is convenient!”  Filipinos are poor in cars, travel, houses, cloths and many material things. They are richer that western people in human friendships and connections.

This connectivity starts at the cradle with a village raising each child.  Filipino children have few western trappings of Affle once.  No ipad, no xbox, no thousands of dollars of lego, no internet games which need additional dollars to  upgrade to the next level.  They like the adults have a busy social life of hopscotch, thong-tossing, bike riding, chasing  and tag.

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Filipino kids do not suffer from obesity like Australian (western) kids.   Who are poisoned by too much processed packed prepared sugar laced food.  I have observed two body morphologies in Filipino kids, skinny and solid but no obese sedentary kids.

I look around and say have I come to a poor country or rich country.  I think the answer is not a poor country measured properly.

 

 

 

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Stop Start Road

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By Foreign Eyes

Jesus says to evaluate the cost before starting a project (Luke 14:28-30).  Is this the story of the stop-start road from Brgy. Binan through Cabanbanan?

Big machines come and punch holes in the existing road, then they go home.  A few months later more big machines come and dig up the ruined road, then they too go home  A few months go-by then men come and put up metal-form work to hold the concrete of the new road.  This form works it for a while as a start testimony to inertia.

Finally, a short stretch of concrete island.   And the whole painful process is repeated at another seemingly random stretch of roadway.

Meanwhile in the real world of jeepneys, tricycles, trucks, cars and people we sit and wait in long queues.  Drivers turn their engines off.  A mute testimony  to Jesus words.

Perhaps the saddest part is the large sign that sits blanky mute advising the progress of the stop-start road.  The road starts then stops.  Traffic stops then starts then stops again.  People stop.  Start and allow extra time to sit stationary in queues.  Jeepneys do one or two less trips per day.DSC06286
Tricycles dodge and weave around the ruined old road.

Perhaps if the the road planners knew Jesus words the Australian acronym would not apply —6 P’s:  Proper, Planning, Prevents, Piss, Poor, Performance.

Waste To Win!

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Photo Credit to SODIS EAWAG

Plastik!  Ito ang madalas natin itawag  sa mga taong hindi nagpapakatotoo sa sarili  o nagtatago ng kanyang tunay na kalagayan sa buhay at nadarama.

Plastik rin ang tawag natin sa bagay na lagi nating ginagamit sa araw-araw.  Naging bahagi na  ito ng ating buhay sa matagal na panahon.  Ginagamit natin ito sa mga sumusunod:

  • Sa paggawa ng yelo at ice candy
  • Sisidlan ng ating binili every-time na tayo ay mag-shopping o mamalengke
  • Lagayan ng ating inumin
  • Packaging ng wet goods
  • At iba pa.

Pero teka, alam mo ba na bawal na ang plastik sa ating Bayan?  Oo,  tama ka ang tinutukoy ko ay yung plastik na ginagamit at hindi yung taong plastik.

Kaugnay nito, meron akong magandang balita sa inyo!  Alam mo ba na pwede kang kumita sa plastik.  Ayon sa aking source na si Wendel G. Goma, kalihim ng Brgy. Cabanbanan ay pwede kang kumita nang piso hanggang walong piso sa bawat kilo ng plastik na maipon mo na kukunin ng iyong baranggay kung saan ka nakatira.  Ito ay isang makabuluhang programa ng Pamahalaang Bayan ng Pagsanjan sa pangunguna ng ating butihing mayor Maita J. Ejercito, Sangguniang Bayan Members at Municipal Planning Coordinator( MPDC) na siyang implementor ng proyektong “Waste To Win! Na may tagline na “Sa Plastik, Panalo!”.  Ang programa ay still on-going at matatapos sa Disyembre, 2016.

waste-to-winLayunin ng nasabing proyekto na hikayatin ang ating mga ka-barangay na mag-recycle.  Gayun din upang mabawasan ang basura sa ating bayan na nagdudulot ng malaking pagbaha at nakakasira rin sa ating kalikasan.

Para sa buong detalye at karagdagang impormasyon, mangyari lang na makipagugnayan sa inyong punong barangay o kalihim.

Tara na! Mangulekta ng plastik sa sambahayan.  Ipunin at huwag itapon.  Makiisa para  mapangalagaan ang ating kalikasan at kagalingan nating lahat.

Puerto Real or Arco Real, A Historic Town Gate of Pagsanjan, Laguna

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Pagsanjan’s Town Gate 

Sharing one of Pagsanjan landmarks the Puerto Real.  Photo taken by Ramon F.Velasquez .  “The arch is located at the western entrance of the town along the National Highway.  It leads to Rizal Street (formerly Calle Real) of the town.” (wikipedia.org)

Pagsanjan Arch also known as Puerto Real or Arco Real is a historic town gate of Pagsanjan, Laguna built from 1878 to 1880 under the supervision of Fray Cipriano Bac. The arch was built by the people of Pagsanjan to express gratitude to their patroness, the Our Lady of Guadalupe, from protecting the town from bandits in 1877.(wikipedia.org)